JONESBORO, Ark. (12/3/16) – The Arkansas State Track and Field team turned in another day of strong results as the squad closed out the second and final day of the annual A-State Kickoff Klassic at the Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Senior thrower Erin Farmer was one of 13 Red Wolves’ to win top honors on the day and she did so in convincing fashion by shattering her own school record for distance in the shot put by nearly two meters.
The League City, Texas native had a throw of 17.19 meters, breaking the previous mark of 15.93m which she set last season.
Overall the Red Wolves posted strong numbers in the women’s shot put as junior Calea Carr finished second (14.46m) and freshman Danielle Lorenze was third (12.49m).
Junior Darragh May also enjoyed a good day after taking home a first place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.74m (5’8½) and just nearly missed on converting a height of 1.77m (5’9¾). The Memphis, Tenn., also took home a second place finish in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.07. The event was won by a-State senior Shemiah Brooks with a sprint of 7.96, while junior Treven Cowan finished third (8.35).
The A-State men also swept the top three spots in the 55 meter hurdles with Jamil Peeples winning the race with a 7.44, while Nick Hilson was second (7.60) and Clarence Simpkins in third (7.73). Juniors Jaylen Bacon and Elijah Ross finished first and second in the 55 meter dash, with Bacon completing the race in 6.30, while Ross timed a 6.39. In the women’s race, sophomore Chanell O’Connor took home the top time with a 7.20, while De’Ariris Weakley finished second with a 7.23.
In the men’s shot put, senior Itamar Levi was the top collegiate finisher with a throw of 16.76m, a mark that stands as the seventh furthest in school history. Sophomore Sam Bell won the pole vault with a mark of 5.00m (16’4¾). Senior Viktori Sadokhina won the women’s triple event with a lead of 12.36 (40’6¾), a mark that is fourth best in school history.
In other running events, sophomore Rebecca Eldien won the women’s mile run with a time of 5:18.31 and was followed by teammates Erin Nunan (5:19.27) and Sammy Brainard (5:22.22) for second and third place.
In the men’s 400 meter dash, freshman Nick Hilson won the event with a run of 49.18, while junior Zach VanGuny won the 800 meter race in 1:56.77. Sophomore Anaelle Charles won the women’s 800 meter race with a time of 2:19.26.
A-State is scheduled for five additional indoor meets before the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 20-21 in Birmingham, Ala. The Red Wolves host the A-State Invitational & Multis Jan. 27-28 at the Convocation Center.
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